To quote the wise philosopher, Whoopi Goldberg, "Molly, you in danger, girl." If you've been frequenting social media in the past couple weeks (first off, log off), then you might have noticed that there are red flags—of the emoji kind—all over Twitter. TikTok. Sometimes Instagram. Sort of on Facebook. (Let's be honest, when a meme reaches Facebook, it's nearing its drop dead date, anyway.) The reason being is that the red flag is the meme du jour. Meme? Means of speaking? Who knows anymore.
The red flag emoji meme has certainly been used before this week, but has exploded in popularity in the past couple of weeks. On Tuesday, Twitter reported that 1.5 million tweets went out containing the red flag, with a gargantuan 455 percent increase of use of the emoji. All because the word "danger" is too long to type out. Damn.
For anyone unfamiliar with the significance of a "red flag," it's a sign of danger and warning. Do not pass GO, it's saying, because there's something bad ahead. And while that origin ties back to the beach and how a red flag signals dangerous conditions, it's often colloquially used in regard to relationships, which is the energy that originally inspired the meme.
What is your red flag? Mine is someone who hates Diet Coke. Someone who only watches prestige TV. Has a gluten allergy but no official diagnosis of Celiac disease. Some people's are understandably more intense, and social media is currently flooded with everyone's least favourite warning sign.
“I killed a guy” 🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩 🚩🚩🚩
— pj evans (@pjayevans) October 13, 2021
TEXT SLOW BUT ALWAYS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— PEGEE (@VH1PNUT___) October 12, 2021
“My favourite movie is Fight Club.” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Andres Ghoulsman (@pocketwriter) October 13, 2021
“I don’t like Indian food”🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 13, 2021
Oh, and then brands got involved. An early sign of meme death.
"i've never had a hot pocket" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Hot Pockets (@hotpockets) October 13, 2021
"No we don't have Dr Pepper" 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Dr Pepper (@drpepper) October 13, 2021
"Texas BBQ is just ok." 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 13, 2021
It's a meme as simple as the coded language it represents, so go forth. Stay educated. Let the world know where you draw the line and start getting suspicious. But do it quickly because if Dr. Pepper are already sniffing out the trend, then the meme should be on Facebook in no time.
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